Texarkana, TX 78° View Live Radar Fri H 77° L 61° Sat H 76° L 61° Sun H 72° L 62° Weather Sponsored By:

Daum heads list of notable players from one-bid leagues

Daum heads list of notable players from one-bid leagues

March 14th, 2018 by Associated Press in College Sports
In this Nov. 28, 2017, file photo, South Dakota State's Mike Daum (24) reacts after making a three pointer against Mississippi in an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss. Daum, one of the nation's most prolific scorers, heads a list of several notable players from one-bid leagues relishing their chance at the spotlight this week. South Dakota State (28-6) is the No. 12 seed in the West Region and faces Ohio State (24-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho.(Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP, File)

South Dakota State forward Mike Daum already has experienced the NCAA Tournament twice before. Now he wants to discover what it feels like to win on college basketball's biggest stage.

Daum, one of the nation's most prolific scorers, heads a list of several notable players from one-bid leagues relishing their chance at the spotlight this week. South Dakota State (28-6) is the No. 12 seed in the West Region and faces Ohio State (24-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

"Being able to say I won a game in March Madness would be something I've dreamed about ever since I was a little kid," Daum said. "It would be a blessing to be able to do this."

Daum's had a couple of shots before. He scored 16 points in a 79-74 NCAA Tournament loss to Maryland two years ago and had 17 points last season when South Dakota State fell 66-46 in the opening round to Gonzaga .

Those games provided a rare national showcase for Daum, one of the nation's top players from outside the major conferences.

After redshirting his first year at South Dakota State, Daum has developed into a two-time Summit League player of the year. The 6-foot-9 junior is one of five finalists for the Karl Malone Award given annually to the nation's top power forward.

Daum ranks sixth among all Division I players in scoring (23.8) and 14th in rebounding (10.4) this season. He's ready to apply the lessons learned from South Dakota State's last two NCAA appearances while trying to lead the Jackrabbits beyond the first round.

"The size and length is the biggest noticeable aspect of other (NCAA Tournament) teams," Daum said. "We don't have a lot of guys who are 7-footers or 6-9 with 7-foot wingspans in the Summit League, guys who are unbelievable athletes. When we get into the NCAA Tournament, you play a team with a full roster of guys like that. For us, it's just mentally preparing for things like that."

Here's a rundown of some other potential NCAA Tournament impact performers from one-bid leagues:



(guard, College of Charleston)

Next game: Friday vs. Auburn at San Diego

Notable: Chealey scored 32 points as Charleston erased a 17-point, second-half deficit to beat Northeastern 83-76 in overtime in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game. The 6-4 senior has been named first-team all-CAA two straight years. He has 18.5 points per game.



(guard, Loyola of Chicago)

Next game: Thursday vs. Miami in Dallas

Notable: Custer was named the Missouri Valley Conference's player of the year. The 6-1 junior has 13.4 points and 4.3 assists per game. He has helped Loyola earn its first NCAA berth since 1985 . Custer was part of the 2014-15 Iowa State team that made the NCAA field, but he didn't play in the NCAA Tournament.


JON ELMORE (guard, Marshall)

Next game: Friday vs. Wichita State in San Diego

Notable: This 6-3 junior has two triple-doubles and ranks eighth in Division I in scoring (22.8) and seventh in assists (6.9). He has led Conference USA in scoring and assists each of the last two seasons. Elmore also has 6 rebounds per game. He could become the first Division I player to average at least 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in a season since Memphis' Penny Hardaway in 1992-93.


DEMONTRAE JEFFERSON, (guard, Texas Southern)

Next game: Wednesday vs. North Carolina Central in Dayton, Ohio

Notable: This 5-7 dynamo averages 23.4 points and 4.5 assists. He served a five-game suspension but returned to lead Texas Southern to a Southwest Athletic Conference Tournament title. He scored 29 against TCU , 24 each against Kansas and Baylor , 22 against Clemson and 20 against Gonzaga.



(forward, New Mexico State)

Next game: Friday vs. Clemson in San Diego

Notable: The Western Athletic Conference player of the year averages 13.1 rebounds to rank second among all Division I players. The 6-5 senior also has 11.1 points per game. He has five double-doubles in his last six games. He has reached the 20-rebound mark five times in his last 11 contests.



Maryland-Baltimore County)

Next game: Friday vs. Virginia in Charlotte, North Carolina

Notable: This 6-foot-2 graduate student sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than a second left as UMBC upset top-seeded Vermont in the America East championship. Lyles has averaged 20.2 points to earn first-team all-America East honors.



(guard, Lipscomb)

Next game: Friday vs. North Carolina in Charlotte.

Notable: Mathews helped Lipscomb earn its first NCAA invitation by leading the Atlantic Sun with 22.1 points per game. The 6-5 junior scored 33 points in the Atlantic Sun championship game . He's scored at least 23 points in seven of his last 10 games.



(guard, Georgia State

Next game: Friday vs. Cincinnati in Nashville, Tennessee

Notable: Simonds leads the Sun Belt in scoring (21.1) and is the league's player of the year. The 6-3 sophomore scored 27 points as Georgia State beat Texas Arlington 74-61 in the Sun Belt championship game.



(guard, Murray State)

Next game: Friday vs. West Virginia in San Diego

Notable: This 6-foot senior has led the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring each of the last two years and was named the OVC player of the year this season. He averages 21.8 points and has scored at least 22 points in 11 of his last 13 games. Stark has made 3.52 3-point baskets per game to rank sixth in Division I .



(forward, Bucknell)

Next game: Friday vs. Michigan State in Detroit

Notable: Thomas leads the Patriot League in scoring (20.3) and rebounding (9.2). The 6-7 senior is the Patriot League's player of the year. He had a 24-point, 10-rebound performance against Arkansas and also scored 21 against North Carolina and 17 against Maryland.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com